Join Us As An Instructor

Thank you for your interest in attending Austin Driving School’s instructor training course. With 17 locations spanning Central Texas, ADS has been teaching individuals how to drive for the past 36 years.

We are always looking for individuals who are passionate about teenagers and have a desire to teach them how to drive in a fun and safe environment. If this fits you, then we can contact you for our next training session.

Following are frequently asked questions that may help you in making your decision. If you still have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call 512-280-4499.

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 What is required to become a driving instructor in the state of Texas?

In order to teach teenagers and adults behind the wheel instruction, the Texas Education Agency requires 6 college credit hours (equivalent to 90 hours) in driver’s education. These hours can be obtained from a University or from a commercial driving school approved to offer instructor training. Once licensed, you will have a Teaching Assistant (TA) license.

In order to teach teenagers and adults driving instruction in the classroom, the Texas Education Agency requires 9 college credit hours in driver’s education or 135 credit hours from a commercial driving school approved to offer instructor training. Once licensed, you will have a (TA-F) Teaching Assistant Full license or a (DET) Driver Education Teacher license if you hold a Texas Teaching Certificate.

 How does Austin Driving School conduct instructor training?

Teaching Assistant License (TA) – 90 credit hours     

8 Hours

Introduction – review of expectations of the ADS Driver’s Education Instructor Training Course along with teaching and learning techniques

32 Hours

Participation in a 32-hour driver’s education classroom theory program

6 Hours

Participation in a 6-hour defensive driving classroom course

Remaining 44 Hours

In-car training – Combination of observing and team teaching students alongside a certified instructor trainer, assigned reading and supplemental assignments

Teaching Assistant -Full License (TA) – 135 credit hours

Completion of the 90-hour behind the wheel-training course

7 Hours

Introduction – review of expectations of the ADS Driver’s Education Instructor Training Course along with teaching and learning techniques

32 Hours

Practice teaching and observing a teen driver’s education class

6 Hours

Practice teaching a six-hour adult education class

When is the training course offered?

The 8-hour introduction for behind the wheel instructor licenses and the 7-hour introduction for classroom instructor licenses are given annually in Austin, Texas. The remaining hours can be done at any ADS location.

Is the training flexible?

The training is very flexible. Instructors have completed the training in as little as one month, while others have stretched it out over the course of several months. With 17 locations statewide and courses running year round, it is easy to work your training around almost any schedule.

Do I get paid for the training?

Unfortunately, ADS does not pay instructors for the training. In fact, most training schools/universities actually charge trainees anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for the training course. ADS has one of the few instructor-training courses that does not charge you for the training and will even pay your initial state-licensing fee

Once licensed, can I work for any driving school?

Upon completion of the training course, you will be required to sign a no compete contract with ADS. This contract will allow you to work at any ADS School in Central Texas. Should you relocate to an area where there is not an ADS location, you may be released from your contract to work for another school. If you choose to work for a competing driving school, you will be required to reimburse ADS $1,000 for your training.

Once licensed, will I be able to work full-time?

AustinDrivingSchool does offer both full and part-time employment along with great flexibility. Driving instruction is offered year round, seven days a week.

Once licensed, how much will I get paid?

ADS pays instructors an hourly wage. The hourly wage is dependent on the particular license the instructor holds and their availability to work. Base pay is as follows:

New behind the wheel instructors teaching teens (TA) – $11 per hour
New behind the wheel instructors teaching adults (TA) – $12 per hour
New classroom instructors (TA-F) – $12 per hour
New classroom instructors (DET) – $13 per hour

New instructors will receive an initial $.50 increase in hourly wages after the earlier of 800 hours of paid instruction or 6 months of paid instruction. Subsequent annual raises are based on performance, flexibility, and availability.

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Please Note…

Potential instructors must have a driver’s license for a minimum of 5 years before becoming licensed. In addition, the Texas Education Agency does conduct a criminal background check before licensing. The background check does not occur until after the completion of the training. Therefore, if you think that you may have a prior incident(s) that would possibly jeopardize your chances of qualifying for licensing, please let us know in advance of your training. Depending on the incident(s), we might be able to make a determination.